Norwich City v Aston Villa - Player ratings

Christian Benteke protests his innocence after escaping with a yellow card for grabbing Sebastien Ba

Christian Benteke protests his innocence after escaping with a yellow card for grabbing Sebastien Bassong by the neck. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Player ratings for both Norwich City and Aston Villa following their Premier League clash.

• Norwich City:

5 Mark Bunn: First goal was a carbon copy of Reading strike last time at home. Second raised questions over his angles.


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6 Russell Martin: Thankless task trying to subdue a marauding Gabby Agbonlahor.

7 Ryan Bennett: Looked very assured before the interval. Dealt effectively with Christian Benteke.

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6 Sébastien Bassong: Deserves credit for helping to smother the Belgian's threat, but outstripped by Agbonlahor for the winner.

6 Javier Garrido: Flourished going forward. Gave Andreas Weimann far too much room to operate at times.

5 Jonny Howson: Failed to get to Agbonlahor for the opener. Struggled constantly with the striker's pace. Not alone in that.

5 Bradley Johnson: Saw plenty of the ball in the first-half. Faded as Fabian Delph and Ashley Westwood established control.

7 Robert Snodgrass: Coaxed the challenge from Joe Bennett that led to City's penalty. How Norwich could do with a goal or two now.

7 Wes Hoolahan: Showed what City had been missing in a bright, inventive first period. Less influential after the break

7 Anthony Pilkington: Linked seamlessly with Javier Garrido. Inevitably tired after lengthy absence. Offers balance and width.

7 Grant Holt: Courageous slot for the penalty after his Saints' miss. Late header almost salvaged a point. Relished the service.

Subs: Kei Kamara (for Hoolahan) 6, Elliott Bennett (for Snodgrass) 5, Simeon Jackson (for Garrido) 5

• Aston Villa:

6 Brad Guzan: Much quieter shift compared to the reverse fixture. Almost paid for a rare lapse in stoppage time.

5 Matthew Lowton: Full-back's arm clearly deflected Anthony Pilkington's cross inside his area. Injury forced early exit.

6 Ron Vlaar: Key man in the visiting backline. Vital experience, but unsettled by Grant Holt on numerous occasions.

6 Nathan Baker: Less assured with the late arrival of Kei Kamara. Questionable positioning at times.

4 Joe Bennett: Torrid afternoon for the young man. Rightly booked early. Escaped further censure, but conceded a pen.

6 Yacouba Sylla: Efficient for the most part but over-run in the opening period down Norwich's left-flank.

7 Ashley Westwood: Sets the tempo with a fine array of passing. None better than the threaded ball for Villa's winner.

7 Fabian Delph: Seems to be blossoming under new management. Not afraid to put his foot in but also quality on the ball.

6 Andreas Weimann: By his standards, a poor miss inside Norwich's six yard box. The threat level increases when he gets on the ball.

6 Christian Benteke: Well-shackled by City's central defenders. That frustration boiled over in an act of petulance.

8 Gabby Agbonlahor: Pace and predatory instincts proved the difference. Two goals, numerous assists. Talisman.

Brett Holman (for Sylla) 5, Eric Lichaj (for Lowton) 6

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